Poorvi Chothani, Esq.

Founder & Managing Partner




Poorvi Chothani is the founder and managing partner of LawQuest, a law firm in Mumbai, India with offices in Bengaluru and New York. LawQuest's areas of practice include Immigration Law (including Global Immigration Solutions), Employment law, and Corporate Law.   She is also the managing partner of The Law Office of Poorvi Chothani PLLC, New York.

Poorvi's practice has been focused on immigration law since 2003 and she has more than 25 years of experience in dispute resolution, corporate and commercial laws. She has worked closely with large, local and international clients, including renowned international consulting firms, Indian and American banks and investor relations companies, multi-jurisdictional business processing companies, pharmaceutical and health product organizations to name a few, helping them achieve their business goals in India and abroad.

Poorvi is the chair of the conference committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Bangkok District Chapter (BDC) Asia Pacific (APAC) region. She is also part of the Steering Group of AILA’s Global Migration Section (GMS) and has served as conference chair for the Section's Global Migration Forums in 2012 and 2013 and co-chair in 2014.  Poorvi is also part of AILA's Distance Learning Committee and is an active member of the AILA's Bangkok and Rome District Chapters.

Poorvi serves as the Vice-Chair of the India Committee and is the Vice-Chair of the Immigration & Nationality Committee, both of which are a part of the Section of International Law, the American Bar Association (ABA). She has been the past president of The American Alumni Association (AAA), Mumbai (2008-2010), the convener of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF), Mumbai Chapter and a founding member of the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) India Chapter. As a member on the board of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce's (IACC) Western Regions' executive committee, she is actively involved in cross-border work between the two countries. She also speaks at various AILA conferences on Indian, U.S. and global immigration matters.

Poorvi has contributed several articles in leading Indian publications (print and electronic) on U.S. immigration. She has authored extensive articles on U.S. consular processing at New Delhi and Kolkata for the Consular Handbook issues published by the ILW. She has written a similar piece for Interpreter Releases on U.S. consular processing at the Mumbai Post.

The media often seeks Poorvi's opinion on issues affecting global immigration. She is often quoted in the Economic Times, India's leading business daily and on radio and CNBC-TV 18 and Zee Business News. Poorvi is frequently invited to speak on U.S. and global immigration issues at events organized by India's premier, national organizations including the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the Indian Merchants Chamber and the Federation of Indian Exporters to name a few.

Poorvi has been consistently nominated, amongst the world's leading immigration private practice lawyers in “Who's Who Legal” each year since 2009. She was also nominated for the prestigious ICICI-CNBC TV18 Emerging India Awards as “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year–SME” for 2013.

She is actively involved in fund raising activities for education related charities and under her leadership, the team at LawQuest renders pro-bono services to several charitable institutes.

Poorvi ​was listed as one of the top 100 women lawyers in India.
Poorvi's hobbies are dancing, cooking and gardening. She has traveled to more than 40 countries.





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